Pediatric Psychiatry

Most children and adolescents pass through their different developmental stages without significant problems. However, for some young people, one or more phases of the transition to adulthood can be difficult, even painful. When this occurs, it can lead to behaviors that may disrupt or threaten the child’s and family’s stability, thus requiring the

support of professionals. At times such as these, isn’t it good to know that the experts are close to home at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital?

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital that has been treating children for 60 years. Through our experience we have found that the best care is collaborative care. Our unique therapeutic program reflects this philosophy by utilizing the team approach, involving professionals, child and family to resolve issues.

A confidential consultation with our professional staff of Pediatric Psychologists and Psychiatrist may be helpful if your child has experienced any of the following problems:
  • Experimentation with drugs or alcohol
  • Divorce in the family
  • Depression
  • A sudden change in friends or activities
  • Family Conflict and arguments
  • Childhood fears and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem or withdrawal from family and friends
  • Sudden gain or loss in weight
  • Irritability and anger
  • Poor school performance or a sudden drop in grades
  • Support Groups are also offered
The most frequent diagnoses are mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorders (ADD). Patients are assigned to either the children or adolescent Behavior Modification Program. The emphasis is on providing positive reinforcement in the form of praise, group support and rewards for appropriate behaviors.

A Full Spectrum of Care

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital’s Psychiatry Department is a full-service psychiatric treatment center for children, adolescents and families. The department offers three levels of care to meet the needs of children and families:

  • Inpatient
  • Intensive outpatient
  • Outpatient
In addition to individual and family therapy, the department provides outpatient group psychotherapy and topic-specific psychoeducational groups for children and parents. The program also offers psychotherapy, psychological and psychoeducational evaluations.

Inpatient Care: A Structured Therapeutic Environment

The inpatient program offers a safe, highly structured and staff-intensive environment. The 20-bed unit incorporates a wide range of daily therapies and activities aimed at developing problem-solving and coping skills, and self esteem. Treatments include: individual, family, group and expressive art therapies, substance abuse education, and an array of physical activities. Medication evaluation and management is provided as needed. Family involvement is the cornerstone of the program with family therapy sessions scheduled routinely. These sessions involve parents, guardians and others involved in the patient’s family system.

Outpatient Services

The outpatient program offers a full array of diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents ages 6 to18 with behavioral, social and/or emotional problems. These services may be extended to parents when appropriate. Services include psychiatric medication management, psychological and psychoeducational assessments, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parent therapy and topic-specific group psychotherapy.

Referrals may be initiated by mental health professionals, physicians, community agencies, clergy, schools or family members. Pre-admission information about the services, verification of insurance benefits and an intake interview are offered without charge.

Does Someone You Know Need Care?

When someone you love needs care, you would go anywhere. Isn’t it good to know the best is so close to home?

Troubled teens. We hear much about the emotional struggles of adolescents that lead to drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, cutting, burning. And yes, even attempts at suicide. When a child is struggling, the parents want the very best and would go anywhere to find it.

For 60 years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has served as the region’s only non-profit facility dedicated to healing children, from birth through adolescence.

Our Psychiatry Department specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry (age 6 through adolescence).

The psychiatry inpatient program consists of 20 beds within a locked unit designed to meet the needs of the children and adolescents for whom less restrictive environments are inadequate. The unit is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The psychiatry inpatient unit is a licensed Baker Act receiving facility. For more information, please call 305-666-6511 ext. 2363.

Staff and Goals

Care is planned and provided by an interdisciplinary team, which includes the psychiatrist, RN, clinical coordinator, social worker, family therapist, psychologist, activity coordinator and other mental health workers. All of the staff is trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention de-escalation techniques. Our goal is to provide, structure, and maintain a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the child or adolescent, the family, and the health care providers; to provide the child or adolescent opportunities to acquire adaptive coping skills appropriate to their developmental stage; and to assist the child or adolescent and family to achieve more satisfying and productive patterns of living through health teaching and anticipatory guidance.

The Psychiatric services staff at form Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is dedicated to providing you and your child with the high level of care you deserve and expect from Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, South Florida's only full service facility. We are available to lend a helping hand.

Contact Psychiatry

Group of Teens

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186

Outpatient Service Hours

Monday - Saturday 9 a.m to 9 p.m.